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Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov does not like the United States, Iran or Turkey, but is fond of China, said the cable. Fastidiously neat, he also once insisted that all men who worked in his dental clinic had creases in their trousers.

The cable, sent on Dec. 18, 2009 by then Charge d’Affaires Sylvia Reed Curran, did not reveal the identity of the source who delivered the withering analysis of the Turkmen leader. Curran is now Consul General in the Russian city of Vladivostok.

The classified message, part of the biggest ever leak of U.S. diplomatic documents, is sure to embarrass Washington at a time when U.S. firms are seeking to strike deals to develop lucrative oil and gas deposits in the former Soviet republic.

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